Nine Year Old Daughter, I Love You

Hey there, my newly nine year old daughter.  I see you.  You’re getting so tall, so mature, so very, very silly.  I love you! You sit at...

Little Bits of Trying

My little girl is made up of all these little bits of trying. I tell her, “you can’t go back into the deep end until you’re comfortable...

Small but Mighty

We didn’t mean to raise a mutton bustin’, mountain climbing, trail riding girl. Her first words were mama and dada just like any other...

Friendship

That feeling, anxious sweaty palms, as you look across a room for a familiar face. That moment of feeling lost before you find someone. ...

The Real Lost Boys

While watching his favorite cartoons the other morning a public announcement came on, one of the girl empowerment ones.  It said that...

I see you. You’re wonderful.

I am a little shocked, though why, I’m not sure, when your precious child comes crying to you, snuggles in close and bawls out their...

It Is About Winning and Losing

We did not give a medal to everyone for participation.  That was scary.  We did say that everyone’s work was great and unique but there...

They Are Beautiful!

My daughter is beautiful.  Yes, I am her mother so I am a bit biased.  But I have also heard others admire her, comment on her pretty...

Scrub, sniff, scrub, sniff….

My goal is to instill a sense of respect for property.  I also want them to get that it’s about self-esteem.  Because when you know who...

The Meltdown

Our two children have been very different in their meltdown behavior.  Our firstborn, being that his every need was met from day one,...

An Indescribable Quality

My son’s gifts are quantifiable.  I can tick them off on my fingers.  I often speak of them to others, as in, today my son mastered this...

Little Friends Shed A Few Tears

Instead, I was standing, hands on my hips telling a six year old girl that in the future she should probably not climb onto a chair then...

Small Visitors of the Creepy Crawly Kind

And then today, as I stood blow drying my hair, innocently unaware that my daughter had popped into my bathroom, I felt a tap on my leg....